Whatever happens it is because nature intended it to happen.'The difficulties the family face appear to contribute to Hiba's decision not to follow the family tradition, despite her own test coming back negative for any genetic anomalies.'I think after meeting all the people and all the places I have been, I decided not to marry my cousin, it wouldn’t be something I would be comfortable with.'The advantages don’t weigh up for me.A meeting of Redbridge Council's health and wellbeing board heard 19 per cent of the 200-plus infant deaths between 20 were 'attributable to consanguineous relationships' – couples who are at least second cousins or more closely related.The causes of death have been identified as 'genetic and congenital abnormalities', the board was told.The paper reported Cllr Joyce Ryan told the meeting some of the communities were 'finding it difficult to accept' the educational programmes.Other councillors said it was a 'sensitive area' and was being handled as such, with the council 'moving in the right direction'.So if you don’t listen to your parents they think that you don’t love them.'Hiba admits she has concerns over the health issues of interbreeding.A recent report revealed that while British Pakistanis were responsible for three per cent of all births, they accounted for 30 per cent of British children born with a genetic illness.
While one sister is happy to get married to her first cousin whom she has known since childhood and has been engaged to for a year, the second sister is entering an arranged marriage.In Bradford, where Hiba comes from, that figure is 70 per cent.Figures suggest that 42 per cent of all marriages end in divorce, but in first cousin marriages it is 20 per cent.She added: 'There should at least be some rule which says that you must have a DNA examination before your marriage can be registered.' 'When Fatima was diagnosed you get into the position of perhaps blaming yourself because of your cousin marriage and maybe that’s the reason why our kids have these learning difficulties and disabilities,' he tells Hiba.'When we looked around we found that a lot of people who aren’t related and are married their kids have autism.'Picking up on Hiba's own concerns he adds: 'If you want think you want to minimise your risks don’t go for a cousin marriage.'But don’t allow yourself to think you are safe from these conditions just because you are not in a cousin marriage.'We have done a lot of soul searching over it, but we have come to the conclusion that it’s luck of the draw.